just monkeying around…

by RaShell on 2008-06-26

I think I’m having an a-cute (pun intended) case of “cute overdose”, so I’ll just rant for a little bit, ok?

Please-please-please, explain to me why good old American soccer moms and grandmas spend all this time and money on sCRAPbooking??? What’s so alluring in cutting up perfectly good pictures, pasting them onto pre-printed patterned pages and covering them up with vomit-inducing store bought “cutesies” and finishing it up with corny sayings in elaborate lettering?

Mind you, I have two adorable little girls of my own (naturally, I think they’re the best damn thing that ever happened to this universe!). I LOVE showing off pictures of them. But not by incinerating those snapshots so they can fit into a stupid round hole in a “Dreamy Autumn Morning Layout” made by some moron who thinks fall mornings involve feathers, blue buttons and senseless poetry!!!! Arrrgggg…

Luckily, there are some pleasant exceptions.

Pretty, hand-doodled sample from a very nice article about doodling in scrapbooking:

Wonderful, artistic Rhonna Farrer seems to be the universally recognized ScrapDoodling Queen :)

Here’s what lovely Katie the Scrapbooking Lady did with the help of Rhonna’s Tatoo Art kit:

Feel free to show me more of GOOD examples of really creative, original and preferably – doodle-related scrapbooking. I’ll add more to this post and to my faith in the human race in general 😉

June 26th, 2008 at 11:50 am
6 Responses to “s-Crap-booking”
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    Carolyn Says:

    thank you! i thought i was the only one! how many people ask me to join them at their scrapbooking parties, their scrapbook shopping trips, to look at scrapbooking websites because i’m ‘crafty’?! oh, how i bite my tounge and try not to be insulting…

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    Yep, “being crafty” doesn’t mean you have to be turned on by these cookie-cutter “crafty” activities. 😉

  3. 3

    We don’t have scrapbooking culture in the UK so I am intrigued as to what drives so many people to obsessively do it?

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Simon,

    As you can probably tell, I’m pretty skeptical about the whole scrapbooking “culture”, but it is wildly popular here in the US. I suppose people who are not particularly creative by themselves (no offense, we’re all different) trying to be/become creative using these “pre-made” products? The idea behind it is very nice, actually, to preserve some little everyday artefacts, photos and memories, but the end result in many instances comes out so impersonal and artificial, that imho, it kills the whole thing.

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    LeO Says:

    Hmmmm… I’m with RaShell on the pseudo-creative notion of the whole scrapbooking movement. On the other hand… What if Simon took his own elaborate imaginary world, broke it into little pieces, and created scrap kits out of them? People would be able to rearrange things and incorporate their own photos!

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    Aww, now hold on! I love scrapbooking! I like preserving my photos and journaling (I never could manage to keep a day-to-day written journal, so I use pictures and a short blurb about major events). I like finding inspiration from the pre-fab items, but I usually try to make my own embellishments.